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Published on 23 May 2020

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HOW TO BEGIN

As a focus of attention you may wish to use again
an icon/ cross/ candle as before
and today a symbol of some gift that God has given you:
something you’ve knitted (if you’re a knitter)
a symbol of your work, or service of others
(be imaginative!)


HYMN:  HAIL THE DAY THAT SEES HIM RISE

DIY SERVICE
FOR THE SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION
 
24 MAY 2020

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Introduction – “Advent of the Spirit” and “Novena”
The days between Ascension and Pentecost are important as a time of prayer for the outpouring of the Spirit, which we celebrate next Sunday at Pentecost.  Just as Advent is a special time dear to many Christians, with themes that resonate in striking and beautiful ways, so these days should be observed in a similar prayerful way.  In catholic prayer, there is the tradition of the “Novena” – nine days of special prayer for a particular need or request.  This may well have its origins in the nine days we are currently observing, between Ascension and Pentecost.  Of course the Spirit came upon the Apostles 1990 years ago (or thereabouts), and on each of us in a particular way when we were baptized and confirmed.  But the work of the Spirit in our lives is always new.  What new experience of the Spirit might God have in store for us?  What gifts of the Spirit in our lives have we yet to discover??

God is generous with gifts – but we are not always good at receiving them.  So we begin with a searching act of penitence, asking ourselves particularly what things in our lives might be getting in the way of the work of the Spirit.  Take a few moments in silence to consider this question.



HYMN:  GLORY BE TO GOD ON HIGH

Collect for the season before Pentecost

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


 Scripture Readings

From the Prophecy of Ezekiel                        36.24-28
I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.


REFLECTIVE CHANT:  VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS
(COME, HOLY SPIRIT)


Offertory
God is so generous to us!  At this point call to mind the different ways in which you are able to be generous – with your TIME, and the gifts God has given you.  With your MONEY – pray for the work of charities you support.  Let us join in giving thanks for the generous giving on which St Matthew’s depends.  And if you have not already been able to give to church during the lockdown, please consider using this link to give online:  

St. Matthews Lockdown Collection

ANTHEM:  LITANY TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

Leader   We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Reader 3   Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 4   We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 3  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 4  We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 3   We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 4  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 3  We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 4   We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 3  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 4  We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 3   We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 4  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 3  We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 4   We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 3  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 4  We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

Reader 3   We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 4  and fill us with your Spirit.

Reader 3  We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

Reader 4   We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

Reader 3  and fill us with your Spirit.


Leader Generous God,

you sent your Holy Spirit upon your Messiah at the river Jordan,

and upon the disciples in the upper room:

in your mercy fill us with your Spirit,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Blessing

Holy Spirit, who set the Church on fire upon the day of Pentecost,

bring us and all the world alive with the love of the risen Christ.  Amen.


HYMN:  COME DOWN, O LOVE DIVINE


From the Acts of the Apostles                       1.12-14
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.


Give thanks for the gifts and work
of the Spirit in your life:


Give thanks for the gifts that are common to all human beings:  self-awareness, speech, thought, love, prayer …

Give thanks for the gifts that are not universal, but are not unusual:  being musical, or mechanical, or green-fingered … …

Give thanks for the unique combination of gifts that makes you YOU.  

Give thanks for the greatest gift of all:  God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ … …  

The gifts God has given you as a believer and daughter/ son of God.  Pray to be open always to new gifts from God – especially this Pentecost.


Reader 1  From famine and disaster;

from violence, murder and dying unprepared,

Reader 2  good Lord, deliver us.

Reader 1  In all times of sorrow;

in all times of joy;

in the hour of death,

and at the day of judgement,

Reader 2  good Lord, deliver us.

Reader 1  Give us true repentance;

forgive us our sins of negligence and ignorance

and our deliberate sins;

and grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit

to amend our lives according to your holy word.
Reader 2  Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

Leader:  May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen you by the Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Reader 1  God the Father

Reader 2  have mercy upon us

Reader 1  God the Son,

Reader 2  have mercy upon us.

Reader 1  God the Holy Spirit,

Reader 2  have mercy upon us.

Reader 1  Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity,

Reader 2  have mercy upon us.

Reader 1  From all evil and mischief;

from pride, vanity and hypocrisy;

from envy, hatred and malice;

and from all evil intent,

Reader 2  good Lord, deliver us.

Reader 1  From sloth, worldliness and love of money;

from hardness of heart

and contempt for your word and your laws,

Reader 2  good Lord, deliver us.

Reader 1  From sins of body and mind;

from the deceits of the world, the flesh and the devil,

Reader 2  good Lord, deliver us.